Tuesday 23 February 2021


 God said, (to Israel), ‘for you are a people holy to the Lord your God.  The Lord your God has chosen you out of  all the earth to be His people’.  (Deuteronomy 7 v6)

 It is being reported that Israel is the world’s most successful nation in dealing with the virus. Having produced its own vaccine, which only requires one jab, is cheap and they can supply the needs of the world. The country’s population has been vaccinated, and rules are being enforced in what has been described as ‘draconian’, or to put it more realistically, the population is being made to understand its responsibility.  

 Why is it so many people dislike and attack Jews and Israel without having any clear idea why they do so, and obviously know little or nothing about either, How many of the followers of Labour know one of the major influences of Socialism was a Jew?

 There is constant criticism of Israel’s attitude to the Palestinians by Labour politicians, but they fail to tell, that many Palestinian workers are employed by Jewish traders and would be without means of living,  if otherwise unemployed.

 A Vicar in the Church of England did for a number of years, carry out a very anti-Jewish campaign on his social media site.  At one time he overstretched himself by going too  far, by alleging that Jews were somewhere complicit in the 9/11 attacks in America. He openly supported those groups opposed to Israel. 

 I cannot understand why any ordained priest (or Minister of other Christian faiths) can attack Israel, especially one who claims to be evangelical.  We worship the God if Israel; we worship a Jewish Saviour, and preach from a book written by Jews.

Last month the world remembered the Holocaust and the 76th anniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz, with the recalling of the horrors and scenes of heartbreaking emotions.  It is almost impossible to imagine any human committing such atrocities against another human simply because one was a Jew.

 History has been amended or erased from people’s minds, that in 1938 the American President Roosevelt called an International Conference in Geneva to discuss what action could be taken to save the Jewish people from persecution in Germany.  Of the 82 nations attending, only the Dominican Republic offered to help Jews into their country.  This was seen by the Nazis as a free hand being given, and Hitler boasted that the Jews would disappear. 

In 1948 as the Jews began to return to the land of their inheritance in Israel, despite opposition, they faced a land which Mark Twain once described as a wasteland.  The country was swamp filled with malaria rampant, which the new Jewish settlers wiped out without using chemicals, and planted vineyards, growing citrus fruits, creating cherry tomatoes and special shed to protect products from the climate. 

 Over the years Jews have dominated in major professions.  In the world of medicine pioneering cancer treatment, creating vaccines, restoring sight with the bionic eye, treatment for diabetes with insulin, and aspirin for pain.

In the world of science and technology, produced chips for telephones, keyboards; Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, and won more Nobel peace prizes than any other nation.In the world of arts and banking they have excelled.

 In all these fields they have been ready to share their knowledge with other nations.

Consider that Jewish medical teams were treating Syrian civil war victims, and when a British Minister directed foreign funds to help, she was dismissed from her Office. In fact, Israel sends medical teams out regularly into African nations to help them.

 It is the only real democracy in the Middle East, and the only nation where Christians can display their faith without arrest or persecution.

Despite this being so, the nation does not appear to have many friends beyond America. and even there, the present President does not seem to have the same commitment to Israel as his predecessor.

 The former President (Trump) did much to try and bring stability to the area by encouraging and initiating dialogue with other Arab nations to such extent diplomatic relations were restored. I don’t foresee anything from the present President happening.

 In Britain, during the repeated clashes between Palestine and Israel, the BBC has been less than impartial as prominence has been given to showing the damage caused by Israeli forces, without mentioning this was in response to attacks on its territory.  Palestinian spokesmen have rightly been given air time to state their case, which has been subject to less severe interviewing than to the more measured tones of the Israeli spokesman,

 They were God’s chosen people from the first Biblical times, and God promised that as long as the earth existed He would never abandon them, and history has shown when world leaders rejected Israel, they were not leaders for very long after. 

We are now seeing a new wave of anti Semitism spreading across Europe the old Juden frei is replaced by Zionist frei.  Protests are being organised to boycott Jewish shops, and in Leicester (England), references were made of Israeli impurity, and several places have refused to stock products made in Israel.  The irony is that is that the factories in Israel employ Arab labour so giving employment to many who would otherwise have none.

 Sadly people are being led astray by zealots who have some unjustifiable hatred of Jews without a corresponding reason for that feeling.

 As a consequence of such hostility and personal abuse on individual Jewish people by mindless people in this ‘me too’ generation, who just have to latch on to any craze of the moment, many Jews are preparing to leave this country of their birth which is regrettable and totally heartless. What kind of person throws eggs from a passing car at a Jewish woman, walking quietly along a street in Manchest?

Jewish children are being bombarded with unpleasant comments; imagine the uproar if this happened to Muslim children, which would have been equally offensive.

 Israel, like any other nation is not perfect and when attacked can be very aggressive in retaliation, but invariably it is another nation which first starts aggression.  If Scottish Nationalists started lobbing rockets on to England, as some of them it would seem would like to do, there is no doubt we would start lobbing them back.

 In 1993 Israel ceded the territory of Gaza to the Palestine National Assembly following an agreement in Oslo, which was seen as a gesture of the desire for peace in the region.  Sadly that has failed in the intention for there has been constant stri,

 When territorial and other disputes surface, our government rather tends to not support Israel.  However, a fascinating fact of history is that numerous British Prime Ministers who took sides against Israel, all subsequently suffered political defeat.  Is that purely coincidental?

 We must all desire to live alongside each other irrespective of part. When rouble breaks out as it frequently does between Palestine and Israel, it is always the Jews who get the bad press, especially from the blinkered BBC. But it is not normally Israel who starts it by lobbing rockets over civilians, and by tempting Israel’s known culture of severe response, the nations whose stated aim is to wipe Israel off the map is self- defeating.  

If there is a feeling of self- righteousness amongst anti Israelis and such a feeling of hostility to Israel, why not take part in discussion instead of aggressive protests when Pro Israel meetings are held.

 We must pray that both nations will strive to maintain a peace accord, but this can never happen if one party seeks to eliminate the other.  It is in the interests of each nation’s population to accept each other’s right to exist, even if they find it hard to be amicable about it.  How can life be pleasant for either nation if the threat of more violence is let loose on innocent people of each country?

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